‘King Roger,’ A Confounding Object of Desire

By Philip Kennicott [Washington Post, 29 July 2008]
The great 20th-century Polish opera “King Roger” is not about some great Polish king named Roger. It is not about much of anything at all, in the traditional narrative sense, but it unfolds as a series of sumptuous religious and regal tableaux. It is almost never staged and is only occasionally heard in concert or on recordings.